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DAWSON IS STANDING OUTSIDE THE AUDITORIUM. JOEY WALKS OUT. STUDENTS ARE WALKING UP TO JOEY AND CONGRATULATING HER.
DAWSON: (walks up to Joey) Joey…I need to talk to you.
JOEY: I can’t right now Dawson. I have to go sign some papers for my trip.
DAWSON: Jo, what’s wrong? Why are you acting like this?
JOEY: Acting like what Dawson?
DAWSON: Like you have no feelings.
JOEY: Oh, I’ve got feelings Dawson…believe me.
DAWSON: Then share them with me Jo…What’s going on?….Was last night a just a figment of my imagination?
JOEY: I’ve gotta go Dawson….Maybe this is just for the best.
DAWSON: No…Jo, obviously something has happened here…Please talk to me.
PACEY WALKS OUT OF AUDITORIUM.
PACEY: Hey Jo, congrats! I’m gonna miss your sarcastic face.
DAWSON: Pacey….this is not a good time….Could you please leave us alone?
JOEY: Don’t bother Pacey…I was just leaving.
JOEY TURNS AND WALKS AWAY.
PACEY: Are you sure the two of you didn’t have some sorta fight?
DAWSON: How many times do I have to tell you this…No….when she left my house she was fine.
PACEY: If I’m gonna help you Dawson….I’m gonna need details….tell me all about last night…and don’t leave anything out.
DAWSON: We talked…about growing up….moving our relationship forward.
PACEY: Sounds good….How did the night end?
DAWSON: (blushing) We kissed….it was great….I felt really connected.
PACEY: So what was your other great news?
DAWSON: What other news?….Try and stay with me Pacey…I’m hurting here.
PACEY: It’s just that when I talked to Jo earlier…
DAWSON: (interrupting) Pacey…you’ve got to talk to her for me.
PACEY: Me?….No way Dawson….I am not the one to put in the middle of this.
DAWSON: Come on Pacey, next to me your the person who knows Joey the best.
PACEY: If I agree to do this Dawson…and I am not saying I will…I want it noted that I am doing this under protest…..and if I manage to screw this up worse than it already is you were warned.
DAWSON: Thanks Pacey…she said she was going to the principals office.
PACEY: Yeah…I know the way.
PACEY WALKS TOWARD THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE. CUT TO JEN AND CLIFF.
JEN: Cliff, I appreciate your concern…but I’m fine really.
CLIFF: Really? Cause Dawson had mentioned that you might need a friend right now. I’d really like to be that friend Jen.
JEN: Dawson did?
CLIFF: Yes. In film class today.
JEN: (sees Dawson) Could you excuse me Cliff…I need to have a word with Dawson.
JEN WALKS TOWARD DAWSON. CUT TO PACEY CATCHING UP WITH JOEY OUTSIDE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE.
PACEY: Jo! Hey Jo, wait up a sec.
JOEY: What do you want Pacey? I’m kinda busy.
PACEY: I want you to put off signing any papers until after we have a chance to talk.
JOEY: Why Pacey? What could you possibly say that would change my mind?
PACEY: OK, I’m not sure…but I promised Dawson I would try to find out what’s going on with you.
JOEY: Dawson sent you?
PACEY: Yeah….he’s worried.
JOEY: I don’t have anything to say to him Pacey. He’s made his decision and I’ve made mine.
PACEY: Jo, come on…obviously we don’t have the whole puzzle put together here. Just put off signing the papers until tomorrow…and meet me tonight.
JOEY: (considers this) All right, where?
PACEY: There’s this great little seafood joint called the Icehouse….ever hear of it?
JOEY: Yeah…I think I can find it….What time?
PACEY: How about five o’clock?
JOEY: OK. (starts walking away, turns back to Pacey) Oh and Pacey….
JOEY: Don’t expect a free meal.
PACEY: Gotcha…No freebies for the helpful friend.
CUT TO JEN AND DAWSON WALKING HOME.
JEN: What’s the idea Dawson, telling Cliff I need a friend.
DAWSON: I’m sorry Jen. It’s just that I knew you were upset.
JEN: Of course I’m upset Dawson…I thought you were my friend.
DAWSON: I am Jen, but things are different now.
JEN: Different? How?…What’s changed since last night?
DAWSON: Jen, You were really upset last night…so I didn’t want to tell you….
JEN: (interrupting) Tell me what Dawson?
DAWSON: That Jo and I are together.
JEN: Joey?….Does she know that?….because frankly Dawson, if you had told me you wanted to be with me….I wouldn’t be accepting a scholarship to Paris.
DAWSON: I know things are confusing now Jen…but Jo and I will work things out.
JEN: Let me see if I’ve got this straight….you are pinning all your relationship hopes on Joey, whose less than two weeks away from leaving Capeside?
DAWSON: She’s not going to go Jen…she can’t.
JEN: Face it Dawson, she’s going.
JEN TURNS AND WALKS AWAY.
MRS. LEERY IS OUT IN FRONT OF HOUSE.
MRS. LEERY: Pacey called…he said he would call you later tonight. He also said Plan "A" was working perfectly….Care to enlighten me?
DAWSON: You know Pacey mom….he never makes much sense. Thanks for the message though.
DAWSON WALKS INTO HOUSE. CUT TO PACEY AND JOEY WALKING ON THE BEACH BY THE ICEHOUSE.
JOEY: So spill Pacey….why did Dawson send you to talk to me?
PACEY: Could have something to do with the fact that …you won’t talk to him….What’s up Jo?….Dawson is you best friend.
JOEY: Pacey…have you ever placed all your hopes on one thing, one dream?…Then had the dream disappear.
PACEY: Look who your talking to Jo….I’m Pacey Witter….town loser.
JOEY: I’m serious Pacey. I’ve given up believing that I have any control over my future. Dawson has been the cornerstone of all my choices. It just can’t be that way anymore.
PACEY: Jo, as usual your as clear as mud….What choices are you talking about?
JOEY: Don’t you see Pacey…It doesn’t matter anymore…..Just tell Dawson…I can ’t be his best friend anymore….I’ve moved on.
PACEY: Moved on?…Don’t you mean more like run away?
JOEY: Run away?….What are you talking about…I’m not running away.
PACEY: Yes you are Jo, your running all the way to Paris….If you really believe things are over for you and Dawson…you need to face him….Leaving Capeside is a bad idea.
JOEY: Going to Paris is a wonderful opportunity for me Pacey.
PACEY: Your right Jo…it’s a wonderful opportunity…but for someone else, not you.
JOEY STARTS TO CRY.
PACEY: (puts arm around Joey) Come on Jo…don’t cry….your not the emotional type.
JOEY: (looks at Pacey) I’m tired of being the strong one….I’m tired of being the loyal puppy dog. I’ve been tagging along after Dawson for years. I want to grow up Pacey….I want to move on. I want someone to kiss me because they find me desirable….not because they are afraid of losing my constant support.
PACEY: Jo…it’s gonna be okay. Just talk to Dawson.
JOEY: (looks into Pacey’s eyes) Kiss me Pacey.
PACEY: (surprised) Whoa! I have to believe you have no idea what you just said.
JOEY: Then here’s a re-run for you….Kiss me Pacey…you wanted to before.
PACEY: Yeah…and if memory serves me correctly…you didn’t.
JOEY: Well…I’ve changed my mind.
PACEY: OK….as tempting as the offer is…I can’t Joey. Dawson is my best friend.
JOEY: (defensive) This has nothing to do with Dawson.
PACEY: I’m not stupid Jo….Your hurting because of Dawson. Any decisions you make tonight are bound to be regrettable.
JOEY: Don’t you want to kiss me Pacey?
PACEY: Well…maybe….but that’s really not the issue here.
JOEY: (teasing tone) Then just do it…I promise I’ll kiss you back this time.
PACEY: OK Jo, it’s definitely time to go…your emotional stability is definitely in question here.
JOEY: Why because I finally know what I want…Pacey…I’m ready to take my life out of it’s PG rating. (Joey pulls Pacey toward her and starts kissing him)
PACEY RESISTS THE KISS AT FIRST BUT THEN GETS INTO IT. AS THEY CONTINUE TO KISS PACEY PULLS JOEY BACK DOWN ONTO THE BEACH.
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